Big Trouble in DnD China

Episode 3
Homecoming

The party escorted Bai Su Zhen to the crypt with “Mr. Cheng” (Cheng Liu) and “Bob”. There she will regain her strength and try to remain out of sight.

The party left the crypt and made their way to Meigui Gu (Valley Rose), the hometown of Captain China and Kai Lee. The party learned Captain China’s real name is Bruce. Upon arriving Captain China was knocked unconscious by his mother and later, at a dinner feast, knocked unconscious by his father. Details are sketchy but they do seem relieved to have him home.

After the feast Captain China had an attempt made on his life by an invisible stalker in his bedroom. Searos was able to contact the underground thieves guild and learn that it appears the Black Hand has a contract placed on Captain China for his life.

Captain China and Kai’s father has come down with the plague and is currently confined to his bed chambers.

The party sought out the monks of Gae’s monastery for more answers about what was going on in China. Along the way they passed into the sacred grove of Inari. There they met Zhenxiang and Kikku. Kai learned that she had a fox for a mother, the sister of zhenxiang. Kikku informed the party that a strange structure had appeared in the grove. Upon investigation the party discovered it was a facility for creating bone-naga. They destroyed the facility and learned that the demi-god Inari was missing and had not been in contact with the foxes of the grove for quite some time.

The party left the grove with Kikku joining the party. They arrived at the Lianhua Si monastery and met the childhood rival of Gae Ju Nu Pem and his teacher Pen Mai San. The party learned Gae’s real name is Kim. The party stayed the night at the monastery and early the next morning learned that a force of Jiangshi and Kua-Toa were marching towards the gates. The party fought alongside the monastery monks and were able to repel the attackers.

A Ba made its appearance at the end of the battle and the master engaged it in melee combat. Despite warnings from the master, Kim and Ju attacked the Ba and sustained significant injuries from its necrotic aura. The Ba was defeated and the skies over the monastery began to clear. This is where we will pickup the next session.

*Balrog, Adria, Searos, Kai, Kim and Captain China all earned 3,000exp for this session

Kai, Kim and Captain China earned an additional 400exp for the encounter with the Invisible Stalker.*

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Episode 2
Kua-Toa Nursery

The party returned to the village near the cemetery to discover it under attack by Jiangshi.

The Jiangshi were in the presence of another bone-naga. During the encounter they met a Taoist monk with a strange type of magic and a monkey as a pet.

The monk and the party proceeded back to the cemetery crypt to investigate further and were told they could seek the assistance of the cemetery guardian the Caleb-Dur (Bob) should they have need of him.

A trail was found leading away from the cemetery and into the nearby woods. Upon investigation the party uncovered a cave being guarded by two Kua-Toa.

Upon entering the cave they stumbled across a Kua-Toa staging ground complete with what appeared to be hatcheries. A ritual was underway to open some type of portal but the party was able to disrupt it before it could be fully opened.

At the back of the nursery complex was a captured and beaten Guardian Naga named Bai Su Zhen. The party was able to free her and learned that her offspring were being killed and resurrected as the Bone-Naga they had been encountering. Due to her unconscious and weakened state she is unsure just how many Bone-Naga may have been created.

This is where the party will pickup when we meet next session.

Phil, Cody, Scott, Nick and Hui, Award yourselves 2,900 exp for completing this session.

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Episode 1
To China!

This weekend we had Scott join us from North Carolina via Skype. It went smoothly so we’ll continue to run with it. Scott joined the party as Searos the elven rogue.

I’ll go over the “important stuff” first then get to the story elements.

So the “important stuff” is first.

Phil, Cody, Hui, Scott and Courtney each gained 2,670 exp last session. This will put Hui and Scott at lvl 5. Try to have your characters leveled up for next session.

The lightning scepter found on the Kua-Toa priestess works as follows:

Simple Weapon (no proficiency required to use)
Counts as a magical weapon for overcoming resistances
1d6 damage
Bonus Effect: On a melee hit the scepter deals an additional 2d6 lightning damage to the target. The scepter can do this 3 times a day. After the third time it hits it will cease doing lightning damage until the next sunrise.

We’re retconning the Jiangshi transformations just a little. Stage 1 Jiangshi still have white fur. Stage 2 Jiangshi now have black fur. Stage 3 Jiangshi lose their fur and have black skin. This should help to identify the Stage 2 Jiangshi from the Stage 3 “jumping” Jiangshi more easily.

Ok now for what the party did story-wise:

Everyone got on a boat at the harbor of the city of Neverwinter. You all met Captain Jack, Cookie (who people assumed was the cook) and the rest of the no name red-shirt crew of the vessel Skylark.

On board the Skylark were two other passengers heading to China. Searos the elf(played by Scott) and Nina Glimmerdeep a young gnome woman who identified herself as a “Tinkermancer”. She said she makes clockwork devices mixed with arcane magic. The other gnomes in her college were none too impressed with her so she decided to set out on her own and explore the world.

The voyage was two weeks long. During the time Kai and Captain China attempted to teach Balrog, Audrey and Searos how to speak Chinese. The dice determined that Balrog and Audrey knew enough Chinese to hold a conversation and sound like young children and Searos learned enough Chinese to sound like someone with a learning disability.

The Skylark was attacked by a Sahuagin raiding party one week out near a mysterious island full of dozens of shipwrecked vessels of all sizes.The Sahuagin raid was thwarted but the leader, a Sahuagin Baron, escaped along with two of his men.

China is divided into 3 kingdoms. The White Lotus Kingdom, The Red Tiger Kingdom and The Kingdom of the Sun. Captain China, Kai and Gae are from The Red Tiger Kingdom.

The Skylark was approached by a customs vessel of the harbor patrol as it approached Jīhuì harbor. This is the capital city of the White Lotus Kingdom.The captain of the vessel was a human named Jean-Claude VanDamme. He was amicable, performed a routine inspection of the ship and hit on the female party members.

When the party stopped in port they found an inn and agreed to stay the night and set out in the morning. The inn patrons told them that a plague was taking its toll on the population and the government officials were keeping the extent of it quiet. In the early morning (around 2-3am) the party was awoken by the sounds of rioting in the streets. The city had been quarantined by the government and they were unable to exit.

The party rushed to the harbor to try and find the Skylark. They saw a mass of people gathered at the harbor as well as the city military. Anyone diving into the harbor to attempt to escape was being shot by longbows. The Skylark was seen drifting away from the harbor. Captain Jack was bloodied and lying on the deck next to a sobbing Nina. Cookie and the crew of the Skylark were engaged in combat with panicked citizens who boarded the ship as it tried to flee.

As the party set to return to the inn Searos was approached by a shady individual named Genesis Drake. He told Searos that he could manage for the party to leave the city but they would need to do as he said and pay a fee so Genesis could bribe the appropriate guards.

They agreed and met Genesis’ contact at the harbor near the city clinic. A middle aged goblin named Gobag greeted them and offered to take them out of town on his “boat”. Gobag ferries the dead bodies from the plague out of town on his small raft. The party got on board the raft, hid under the tarp and pretended to be dead.

They made it safely out of town and were deposited at the cemetery near a large open grave where the plague bodies were being tossed. Gobag made a comment that some bodies were missing and upon investigating the party noticed that things were being drug out of the pit and towards one of the mausoleums.

The party setup a trap, defeated the Kua-Toa and Jiangshi stealing bodies and followed their tracks back to a large underground crypt. Inside they found frightened souls, crypt guardians and an undead Bone Naga with Kua-Toa leadership creating Jiangshi in bulk. The party defeated the Bone Naga and the Kua-Toa through teamwork and finished off the remaining Jiangshi. They were able to save 2 of the 8 captured townspeople who said they came from a nearby village.

That’s where we’ll pickup next session, slated for the 23rd

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